It has been 2 years since we moved our Library subject guides over to the LibGuides platform and the Subject Guides Group thought this would be a good time introduce them to wider LCCOS colleagues and any Library staff who have joined us recently, while also providing a refresher for anyone who needs it. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take a look at our guides.
What are subject guides?
Subject guides are a starting point for finding key library resources on a particular subject or discipline. Individual guides are developed and maintained by Subject Liaison Librarians and Site Library teams. Additionally, there is a Subject Guides Group, that provides oversight and support to guide authors, as well as looking at future enhancements to guides as a whole.
What is in a subject guide?
In addition to key databases, you can find information about ebooks, locations of physical book collections, journals/ejournals, databases, audio-visual resources, special collections, and other libraries outside UCL that hold relevant resources. Subject guides don’t just list resources though. They include guidance on literature searching, and referencing, and refer students to our LibrarySkills@UCL web pages where appropriate for further support.
When might I use a subject guide?
- If you receive enquiries about finding library resources on a specific subject (e.g. via LibChat, or LibAnswers), subject guides can help you to identify who to refer enquiries to, while also providing the enquirer with a starting point for independent research.
- If you are doing independent research yourself, for academic study, or related to your role, our guides could be helpful to you.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact the guide owner if your feedback is about a specific guide, or Lindsay Ure if you want to share your thoughts about our guides overall.